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Neck Lift Surgery in Houston, TX

While many men and women practice diligent skin care and sun protection on their face, they often forget about the neck, which is one of the first areas to experience noticeable aging. Sagging skin and vertical banding develop quickly, often making an individual look much older than they are. Neck lift surgery is performed for patients looking to restore a smoother, younger-looking contour.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

Neck Lift Candidates

Individuals who are dissatisfied with sagging skin and vertical banding on the neck and jawline may be candidates for a neck lift. Neck lift surgery is most often performed alongside a facelift to maintain balance and harmony between the features. Candidates have realistic expectations of their results, are in good overall health, and do not smoke. During the consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine the extent of skin laxity as well as your medical history to see if you may be a candidate for neck lift surgery.

Neck Lift Procedure

Neck lift surgery addresses both the top layer of skin as well as the deep tissues. Incisions for this procedure begins in the hairline near the sideburn and runs down and around the ear, finishing at the scalp behind the ear. Through these incisions, the underlying tissues are repositioned and tightened, and the excess skin is trimmed away before the incisions are closed with sutures.

Combination Procedures


General anesthesia is used during a neck lift, and patients can expect to feel groggy and tired afterward. Patients are required to have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night to help with all activities. Swelling, bruising, soreness, and tenderness are expected after a neck lift, and patients should keep their head elevated to promote blood circulation. Dr. Patronella will prescribe oral pain medication. However, some patients may be able to rely on over-the-counter medicines to reduce discomfort. Most bruising and swelling will subside within three weeks as the skin and tissues continue to heal.

Depending on the combination of procedures, most patients are required to take two weeks off from work, and six to eight weeks away from strenuous exercise and activity.


After the procedure, patients will witness the noticeable tightening and smoothing of their neck contour. Skin laxity and vertical banding will improve, and jowls will lessen. Most patients see their results last between five and ten years. Patients should follow a healthy lifestyle, protect their skin from the sun, refrain from smoking, and undergo periodic non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments to maintain results.

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